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The Collectors Newsletter #807 -- June 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #807 -- June 2010
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Art Deco Society of New York
A major design force that flourished between the two world wars. It evolved from earlier artistic movements, and developed in direct response to the revolutionary changes in scientific, social and political events of the early 20th century and was generally referred to as Art Moderne. Unlike any other artistic movement, before or since, Art Deco became a worldwide phenomenon leaving its imprint on everything from buildings to bobby pins. Heavily influencing the philosophy and culture of the period, the Art Deco style spread throughout almost every aspect of life.
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2) We want your stories. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
Another story on auction houses. At one in my area where my family and I used to go all the time. On the box lot table was a cigar box with just junk in it plus 2 nice silver souvenir spoons that I collected. One other gentleman and myself were eying them. I kept a close watch on this item as I really wanted them and stayed close to table, well soon the assistant picked it up to take to auctioneer's table, I rushed back to my seat with number ready. Up comes the cigar box and they started bidding and the other gentlemen and I were the 2 main bidders, well I kept going up to $23.00 (really wanted them), they brought me the box and lo and behold the spoons were not there, only stuff that was worthless (went in garbage). Well I put up a fuss and was told that they could take the stuff out if they wanted and I stated that the table had been sitting there I am sure for a long time as they prepared for auction and I am sure that workers watch out for more valuable items to sell by themselves. Well I or my family never went back as I felt I could not trust them.
I enjoy this newsletter. As a long time auction participant I soon learned that if there was something I wanted to purchase I had to decide what I would pay and stick with that price. If you go to a lot of auctions sooner or later you would find your treasure. Later I would buy to sell and soon learned again to consider my profit before buying. If you are at an auction and a known vendor is bidding against you, generally going one bid above the vendors final bid still gets you a bargain. As previously stated in other emails there are a lot of dishonest persons and auctioneers so it's truly buyer beware! Many people get "auction fever" and are caught up in the bidding process paying much more that retail for the item. I can truthfully say "been there done that".
Hi Phil, I always read the newsletters, and enjoy most stories from subscribers, however I find The TIAS Antique and Collectibles newsletter an odd place to put down and criticize Antique Dealers, mostly labeling us as dishonest, repeatedly. It is not pleasant to hear people say they won't sell to dealers, or to be considered dishonest, just because of the profession we have chosen. I hope you will print our point of view too.
We sell on TIAS and work very hard, most of our waking hours, most of 7 days a week, to provide goodies to those who are unable, or just won't go look for them at physical locations, rather in the convenience of their home, from a comfortable chair.
We aren't all dishonest, we charge fair prices (not over inflated with huge mark-downs), refund excess shipping charges quite often without the customer even asking, and sometimes even accept insulting, unfair offers in order to move our merchandise.
I have memories of standing all day in 100+ degree temperature, or freezing or soaking wet, to buy and resell. We go out and find this stuff, burning our gas and physical energy to bring it home and clean it up, which can take hours and hours after an auction. It takes equipment, knowledge and time to photo it, write descriptions, and get it listed. It must be tagged and have a storage location so we can find it upon sale. Some things are stored for several years with our money tied up. Once it sells the next job starts, packing and shipping it, and paying selling fees/commisions.
Most people have no idea how much time is involved in just one little item, from beginning to end. I think if they could spend a week in our moccasins, they would have a different attitude about most Antique Dealers. What is our time and labor worth, not to mention the price we paid for the item, and our selling expenses?
Anyone going to work everyday brings home a paycheck, many with paid vacations, and medical benefits. We don't get that. We have to pay it ourselves. What is wrong with our making a profit? That's our paycheck, since this is our only income, and a meager one at that. We are both in our 60s. It's now 12:37 AM, we've put in 15 hours since starting this morning, with only time to eat, so think we earned the little bit we made today.
We appreciate every customer, and every sale because it's really tough right now. We do our very best to please. Just the other side of the story. Richard and Sally, Iowa City, IA
***Editors Note - As I've mentioned in past newsletters, our readers decide what ends up in each issue. Twice each week, we review the stories and comments that have been sent in by our subscribers and use them to create this newsletter. If all we get are emails that bash dealers, that's what we end up publishing. If you've got a nice positive story about dealers for us, please send it in. We'd love to publish it.
In regard to trusting antique dealers, TIAS.com is the only online antiques and collectibles mall that offers an unconditional 7 day (minimum) return policy and guarantees every sale on our system for up to $500 of the purchase price. It would have been quite impossible for us to offer these guarantees and stay in business for the past 15 years if we did not trust antique dealers (like Richard & Sally) to offer their customers quality merchandise and outstanding service......Phil
I have a message – just be honorable in your pickin’… Usually I am on the buying, picking end of things. I keep some treasures and resell others. A short time ago, however, I was setting up my own parents’ estate sale. We did the sale on our own to save a few dollars. We priced all of the household stuff really low (to go) and the collectibles were priced as collectibles, but we tried to price less than an antique store - in the end, we were ready to go with prices we felt relatively comfortable with. On the day we opened, a young man asked to get in early. I cringed. To my amazement, a little 2-inch tall brown jug that we had failed to mark, was the item he wanted. I was ready to put a $2 sticker on it, when he offered $35. I had failed to notice that it was a UofM ‘Little Brown Jug’ with the original souvenir ribbon on it marked 1939. It could have been worth much more – I still haven’t looked it up, but the point is, that this guy didn’t offer a dollar or two, but a more significant amount. He was still happy with his find, and we were impressed and happy that he just didn’t nab it for pennies. Linda
Loved the comments from Paul Benoit about the Chamber pot. (OK, I love anything from your newsletter. I'm still teary-eyed over the good boy story about Nic Wertheim. Thank you, Amy!) One quick add-on: I worked for the Aurora (Colorado) Chamber of Commerce for 8 years. Those members who had retired from their businesses, but still wanted to remain active, are all good-hearted people, mostly older, who just can't get away from helping their community. They call themselves the Chamber Pots. Still makes me laugh! Lisa
WE NEED YOUR STORY ABOUT COLLECTING. DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO PHIL@TIAS.COM
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Antique News
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall today released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites. This month's list includes the top 10 terms for May 2010. The top 10 searches for April are also included for comparison.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
8. CDV (carte de visite)
4. CDV (carte de visite)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. Nadeau's American Antique Auction success
2. Walt Disney Classics Collection Figurines
Highlight June 19 Auction
3. Harry Renker Estate Auction Featured on
4. Summer Estate Sale from Clements Antiques
5. Antiques and Estates from I.M. Chait
6. Premier Art and Antiques from Pacific Galleries
7. The Summer Premier Sale from Berner's Auction
8. The Sunday Catalogue Auction from Ken Farmer
Auctions & Appraisals
9. Bottoni Estate from J Levine Auction &
10. Antiques Auction from Dennis Auction Service
11. June Signature Fine Art from Heritage Auction
12. The Definitive Collection by VintageYard.com
13. Chicago IL Estate Sales *Summer 2010*
Calendar *KEY Estate Sales*
14. DRIVEN BY PARNELLI JONES AND 1 OF
2 LEFT IN EXISTENCE
15. Genuine, Documented 1965 Shelby American
Cobra Offered at Russo and Steele
16. BEST OF SHOW WINNER AND CERTIFIED
ORIGINAL CATEGORY ONE AUBURN SALON
SPEEDSTER WILL BE SOLD AT RUSSO
17. The Torex Public Auction
18. The Rock Island Firearms Auctions
19. Artfact Welcomes Heritage Auction Galleries
to Artfact Live!
20. The Muscle Cars and Street Rods Auction
21. Stanley Gibbons sell Britain’s rarest stamp
22. Classifieds and Affiliates – Daryle Lambert's
Antiques and Collectibles Blog – Up and Running
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
Authentic Twilight - New Moon - Eclipse Signed Photos
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
Limoges Tankard Artist Scotty
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 15,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday June 8, 2010 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
6) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
One day my neighbor stopped by for a visit bringing her 5 year old with her. They had stopped by a tag sale at the local church and the little girl told me "I wasn't allowed to run and had to be quiet even though God was not home." I got a chuckle out of that one. Oh what goes through a child's mind. :) Carol A.-----Ohio
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: George C. Scott movie
WANTED: Wanted: Ceramic Arts Studio
WANTED: Ceramic Arts Studio Accordion Boy and Bass Viol Boy
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Brett requested a recipe for "Lemon-Poppyseed cupcakes" we received the following...
Lemon-Poppy Seed Cupcakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg white
2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
With oven rack in center of oven, pre-heat oven to 350°F Line a twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl on medium speed beat margarine and oil together until well combined. Slowly add granulated sugar; beat until light and creamy. Add one large egg, then egg white, combining well after each addition. Blend in lemon zest.
Fold flour mixture and buttermilk alternately into egg mixture. Begin and end with the flour mixture. Stir in poppy seeds.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan. Bake cupcakes until golden brown approximately 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. When cool enough to handle remove from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack. These cupcakes can also be made ahead. Cool and wrap cupcakes well in plastic wrap, place in resealable plastic storage/freezer bags and freeze up to 1 month. Before adding lemon glaze,thaw cupcakes.
Lemon glaze: In a small mixing bowl combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and stir until smooth. Drizzle or spread over cooled cupcakes. Carol Thomas --Cullman,AL
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
So I'm getting ready for a beach party we are having this coming weekend and I'm looking for some good snacks to load into the picnic basket. Anything small, savory or sweet that kids or their parents will like. I'm open to just about any suggestions . Beatrice
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Welcome to Allen's Alley, deep in the heart of California Gold Country. Our family has been racing for 50 years from jalopies to winged Sprint cars, so come take a stroll with us through our treasure-filled backstreet.
David's Collectibles and Antiques
Welcome to our store! We carry a wide range of antiques and collectibles, as well as collectible kitchenware.
We just hung our flag, making the iced tea on the porch & the potatoes are on a boil for the potato salad. Have a GREAT and SAFE Memorial Day weekend. Mooncat Antiques - Specializing in the lovely must have items.
Good O' Days
In my store you you may find a mixture of items from Sterling Silver, Early Porcelains, figurines, perfume bottle, vintage jewelry, dolls, crystal and glass, and many other antique/vintage items.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 160,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:
12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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